Cité de la Musique | 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès | 75019
Tuesday to Friday 12noon to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm
Closed on Monday
The Philharmonie is one of the new contemporary architectural landmarks of Paris, together with the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Canopée at Les Halles and the Musée du Quai Branly. The project is a masterpiece of Jean Nouvel and it is worth the trek to Parc de la Villette. Ideally, book for a concert to fully enjoy the experience. The whole place is organic, with seats both in front, on the sides and behind the stage (a tip: for operas, seat in front to better hear the soprano and tenor). However, you can just pass by for a visit. The rooftop offers panoramic views of Parisian suburbs, with the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur Church looming in the distance. Shame it is so close to the not-at-all-sexy Periphérique and its never-ending traffic jams. Quite easy to get there with the Métro. On a sunny day I suggest the walk along Canal Saint Martin and the Bassin de la Villette for a new take on Paris.